Where in the Bible might there be Scriptures regarding drug use?
This is a good question, and one that is very relevant in this
world we live in. I think the distinction needs to be made between medication
prescribed by a doctor (one of the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament
addresses this) and illegal drugs that often cause hurtful and destructive
behaviour, such as marijuana, cocaine, etc. Clearly, there is a difference.
Drugs that are mind-altering should be avoided by Christians for several
reasons. Just a couple of Scriptural reasons:
1. ) "Everything is permissible for me-but not everything is beneficial."- 1
Corinthians 6:12 (NIV) While God is the Creator of all things, not all things
are necessarily good. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy
Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body"- 1 Corinthians
6:19-20 (NIV) Since we were bought at the price of Christ's death on the cross,
why should we dishonor God by intentionally harming ourselves? We were made to
glorify God, not to satisfy our own selfish desires. Also, the negative effects
these substances have on the body need to be considered.
2. ) People who abuse drugs and/or alcohol often become violent or otherwise
abuse towards others. This is a violation of the second greatest commandment:
"Love your neighbor as yourself"-Matthew 22:39 (NIV) The most important thing a
Christian considering drug use should ask themselves is: is a few minutes of
being "high" really worth the risk of losing friends, loved ones, or eternity
spent with God? A relationship with Jesus Christ is worth more than all the
false pleasure that drugs can give. If you're looking for happiness that's not
fulfilled by substance use, please give Him a try. Your sister in Christ,
I think that these scriptures pretty much spell out the fact that one
shouldn't use drugs or ANYTHING that would hurt our bodies. We should
cherish them, as they are temples of the Lord.
1Corinthians 3:16-17 says, "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's
temple and that God's spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple,
God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple."
1Corinthians 6:19-20 says.....Do you not know that your body is a temple of
the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not
your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
MAY ALL BE BLESSED!
well, in the Bible times there were no drugs but alcohol, so i
think all those scriptures pertaining to drunkenness apply to anything that
perverts the body, mind and spirit.
WHERE ARE THERE DRUG USE SCRIPTURES IN THE BIBLE? Isa. 47:9----Isa
47:12 Acts 8:11 Rev.9:21----Rev. 18:23 I think so.
Dear one, In I Corinthians 6: 11-23 the reasoning is that the
person is to take good care of this "house" we are living in while we are here.
Although not one person is perfect, and over eats, does not rest enough, still
the encouragement is that the person reaches the place of responsibility through
God's sweet grace and the leading of the Holy Spirit, to be as kind and caring
of the body as one knows how to. God bless you.
Carolyn J. Welch
Alcohol is a drug:
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is
not wise." Proverbs 20:1
Anything used to dull the senses or induce a state of euphoria is a drug or drug
"Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes
eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!" Ecc. 10:17
Not only can we put substances in the place of God, some of the substances can
be physically debilitating.
Teri in CO
There are many references to alcohol--alcohol is a drug, whether
we want it to be or not. There are other references to health concerns, even
though they don't mention drugs specifically. Daniel 1:8 Daniel resolves to
stand firm in regard to his health habits. You'll notice in Daniel 1:15, 20 that
he and God are honored by his decision. ! Corinthians 3:16, 17 tells us that our
bodies are God's temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Paul
talks about running a race and compares it to the Christian life. 1 Cor. 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat or drink...
God' goal for us, His people, is that we will be healthy and strong. 3Jn. 2 The
most overwhelming evidence against drug use is Mark 15:23, when Jesus was on the
cross he refused to take the wine that was offered to Him as a pain killer. He
is our example!
You ask where in the Bible does it talk about drug use. I
believe it talks about drug use, drinking and any other type of abuse in these
verse's. To me Paul is speaking out against all form's of abuse to the body. (1
19. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20.You were at a price.
Therefore honor God with your Body.
This pretty much say's it all. talk to you later,
Question of the week : answer can be Ecclésiaste 12:1
I will answer this in the sense that we are
talking about illegal drugs here and not medicinal drugs. These drugs have a
mind altering effect and render a person not in full control of their mental
Such a drug is alcohol. While the illegal drugs we are familiar with may not
have been invented in biblical times, the bible has much to say about the use of
alcohol. We can safely relate the cautions regarding alcohol to any other
Please bear in mind that the bible also has some good things to say about wine,
however, it was common practice for Jewish people to refer to unfermented grape
juice also as 'wine'. Grape juice was boiled down into a syrup in which form it
would keep a long time. This was then mixed with water as required to be
consumed as a beverage. Being naturally sweet it was pleasant to the taste and
as fruit juice it had some wholesome properties. People did not have access to
cordial or soft drink in those days and look at how popular they are today.
For the purposes of this short study, I will simply say that alcoholic wine and
non alcoholic wine are both referred to in the bible as 'wine'. Once you
understand that it becomes easier to figure how the bible can have both good and
bad things to say about the use of 'wine'. The bad things it says are all
concerning alcoholic wine or 'strong drink', which is a term used to describe an
alcoholic beverage made from other than grape juice. Both honey and dates were
commonly used to make 'strong drink'.
Here are just a few of the warnings about alcohol.
Ge 19:32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that
we may preserve seed of our father.
Ge 19:33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn
went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor
when she arose.
Ge 19:34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the
younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine
this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of
Ge 19:35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger
arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she
The use of alcohol enabled the sin of incest to take place between Lot and his
Le 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when
ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a
statute for ever throughout your generations:
Priests were forbidden the use of alcohol.
Pr 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived
thereby is not wise.
Pr 21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and
oil shall not be rich.
Pr 23:30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Pr 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour
in the cup *, when it moveth itself aright.
Pr 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor
for * princes strong drink:
Some advice from King Solomon concerning the use of alcohol.
1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is
called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a
drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat
Paul advised us to have nothing to do with drunkards.
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit * the kingdom of God.
Ga 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which
I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such
things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Drunkards are among those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Now if you want to argue that perhaps a little alcohol will not make you a
drunkard and that it is all right, I will not get into a discussion with you. I
support the view that we have freedom in Christ to eat and drink. However I also
support the view that the health laws of the Old Testament should be taken as
good advice because there are very good medical reasons for following them.
Likewise with alcohol. It is dangerous stuff and many are caught by it. It is
addictive as are the other mind altering drugs common in our society. I do not
deny the value of alcohol used for medicinal purposes, but should one self
Here is some more biblical advice.
Ro 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing
whereby * * thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God.
The use of drugs, even alcohol, is one of those things by which people stumble
and are made weak. It would be difficult to reconcile their use therefore as
being to the glory of God.
Dear reader, if anyone is caught up with drug or alcohol abuse or if you are not
sure if you are using too much alcohol, I urge you to answer 'The Savior's Call'
in this newsletter.
* I use to smoke "marijuana"- which I do not believe God
approves of...1 COR. 3:17...as the enemy had a "veil of deception"- over my
mind, then! Wasn't a daily smoker of this tool of the enemy; and was not a
crack, heroin, etc. smoker/ user. The enemy had tricked me into believing that
it was ok to smoke marijuana-as I wasn't as sincere about the Lord, then either.
* That devil had me thinking that: since I would only use marijuana, and drink a
few beers mostly on the weekends-an didn't use harder more damaging drugs
mentioned previously-IT WAS OK! -(Titus 3:3) In turn, I was VERY DECIEVED &
yielded to that temptation, then! Wasn't aware of God's principles on this issue
as revealed to us in: JAMES 2:10...For whosoever shall keep the whole law, yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Got to READING & MEDITATING on the Word of God one day...was reading in:
PROVERBS 28:13...He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth
and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
* Thought to myself, "now the Lord is not going to bless me if I continue to try
to hide my "marijuana smoking,"- as this wasn't something I advertised, nor made
known to certain people...wasn't thinking about the fact that I couldn't hide it
from the one,, in which it should have mattered the most-our Lord & Saviour
After reading, meditating, and being steadily CONVICTED of this sin-by the Holy
Spirit- finally made up my mind to NOT SMOKE MARIJUANA again- Asked the Lord's
forgiveness and His help thru prayer-"submitted to God, and resisted the
devil"....James 4:7. Received that forgiveness, then The Lord kept helping me by
strengthening my faith-(James 2:17, 26).
The Lord has kept the desires of this substance from me since
1999. Though, I didn't have to check into drug rehabilitation or anything like
that...God will, and does care for His obedient children! THANK YOU JESUS!
* Sometimes we may have to break a Bad Habit - one day-at-a-time. There may even
be a grieving period over loosing a bad habit. But loosing a bad habit brings
JOY in knowing that we are doing what's pleasing unto the Lord! And isn't that
what really counts the most? HOSEA7@webtv.net